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Major

Anthropology

Anticipated Graduation Year

2021

Access Type

Open Access

Abstract

Indigenous Latin American migrants in the United States who primarily speak a language other than English or Spanish encounter a dearth of documents and translators, leaving them at a disadvantage, socially, economically, and legally. This communication barrier inhibits monolingual indigenous language speakers’ ability to access what little resources are in Chicago. The value placed on English and Spanish by dominant cultures in the United States and in Latin America results in the practical urgency to adopt these hegemonic languages to obtain social and financial security. This project documents and analyzes the availability of indigenous Latin American language resources at locations that offer legal and financial support, language learning centers, and social support for Latin American migrants.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Thea Strand, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

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Assessing the Availability of Indigenous Latin American Language Resources in Chicago

Indigenous Latin American migrants in the United States who primarily speak a language other than English or Spanish encounter a dearth of documents and translators, leaving them at a disadvantage, socially, economically, and legally. This communication barrier inhibits monolingual indigenous language speakers’ ability to access what little resources are in Chicago. The value placed on English and Spanish by dominant cultures in the United States and in Latin America results in the practical urgency to adopt these hegemonic languages to obtain social and financial security. This project documents and analyzes the availability of indigenous Latin American language resources at locations that offer legal and financial support, language learning centers, and social support for Latin American migrants.